Tile panel design, William de Morgan

Tile panel design, William de Morgan

Tile panel design
William de Morgan
England
Museum no. E.945-1917

This tile design depicts a monkey stretching from a tree to reach the reflection of the moon. This scene represents a famous Buddhist moral story. There are subtle differences in the interpretations of its meaning, but it is generally believed to represent a person (the monkey) looking for enlightenment (the moon), but he is looking in the wrong place: the unenlightened mind is deluded by mere appearances.